Gail Konzem , M.S. » Department of Criminal Justice

When studying criminal justice at Bethany, you will receive:

  • Small classes with high-quality instruction;
  • Faculty who care about student learning;
  • Practitioners with advanced degrees who’ve “been there/done that”;
  • Internship opportunities with local, regional, and statewide criminal justice & human services agencies;
  • Classes based on theory and real-life situations;
  • Opportunities to participate in extra-curricular clubs;
  • Courses designed to help confirm your decision about a criminal justice career early in your college education.

What can I do with a criminal justice degree from Bethany College?

Graduates from our criminal justice program have gone on to become:

  • State Troopers;
  • City and County Law Enforcement;
  • Detectives;
  • City Prosecutors;
  • Practicing Attorneys;
  • Probation and Parole Officers;
  • Corrections Officers;
  • Court Services Officers;
  • Substance Abuse Counselors;
  • Mental Health Professionals;
  • Social Workers;
  • Victim Advocates;
  • Case Managers.

Our students also go on to pursue graduate degrees and military careers.

Student Spotlight

Michelle Rambo (1)11ValuePenguin, a consumer-finance company has been putting together weekly Q&A interviews featuring top students at different criminology programs around the country. They want to focus on the up-and-coming generation of professionals. As a company, their work is featured in USA Today, CBS News This Morning, CBS Evening News, Your World with Neil Cavuto, National Review, The Hill,, Associated Press, ThomsonReuters, CNBC, US News, and the Baltimore Sun.

Dr. Kinnaird offered up Michelle Rambo, an active student at Bethany College, to be interviewed and she agreed. The online Q & A is featured HERE

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Our curriculum reflects the national standards set by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.


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Department Contacts

Gail Konzem, M.S.

Chair of Education Department Professor of Elementary Education
Office Department of Education Wallerstedt Learning Center W022 Phone: (785) 227-3380, ext. 8457
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Associate Professor Gail R. Konzem has served on the education department faculty since 2006, joining Bethany College after 33 years as a teacher and administrator in USD305, Salina, Kansas.  Professor Konzem became chair of the department in 2010, and has served on numerous committees at the college.
Professor Konzem graduated from Marymount College in Salina in 1973 with a double major in Music Education K-12, and Elementary Education.  He received his Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from Kansas State University in 1976.  Professor Konzem was recognized as Outstanding Young Educator by the Jaycees in 1980. He has served on numerous boards in the Salina community for many years including member of the board and past president of CAPS (Childrens and Parents Services), and member of the board and past president of Salina Education Foundation. He has participated as a committee member for a number of other associations and organizations in Salina, as well as on the steering committee for Smoky Valley Vision_Tek in Lindsborg, Kansas.  He is past Secretary of KACTE (Kansas Association of Colleges of Teacher Education), and continues to serve on the executive leadership team for the association.
Gail and his wife Cheryl are active members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Salina, serving on numerous committees over the years and as musicians in the parish. They are the parents of two sons, Ryan,( daughter-in-law Lisa and granddaughters, Michaela and Dakota) of Gardner, Kansas and Shane, (daughter-in-law Mandy and grandsons, Sean, Braden, Joshua and Izaac) of Hoisington, Kansas.
During the Spring of 2015, Professor and Mrs. Konzem spent the semester at Harlaxton College near Grantham, England, while he was on sabbatical.  While there, Professor Konzem taught Teacher Preparation courses, completed research regarding the British Education System and traveled extensively.  The International Studies program, named the #1 Study Abroad Program in the United States, is owned by the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.  Bethany College is one of about two dozen partner colleges and universities from across the United States who participate in this in this program.  Professor Konzem was selected as one of nine visiting faculty members from these partner institutions during this semester. The visiting faculty members serve along side six British Faculty who provide a British Studies curriculum to some 175 students from the United States.